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How to impress your date in the first 30 seconds

Monday January 30, 2023

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First impressions are crucial when it comes to dating, and the initial 30 seconds can determine the course of the rest of the night. When you're meeting someone for the first time, these tips will help you make a positive and lasting impression in just 30 seconds:

  1. Confidence: Confidence is attractive and can be shown through your posture, body language, and tone of voice. Stand tall, make eye contact, and speak clearly and assertively.
  2. Compliments: Give genuine compliments to show that you're paying attention and interested in your date. Acknowledge something you like about their appearance, personality, or interests.
  3. Good eye contact: Maintaining good eye contact demonstrates that you're fully present and engaged in the conversation. Avoid checking your phone or looking around the room while your date is talking.
  4. Active listening: Listen to what your date is saying and respond with thoughtful questions or comments. Show genuine interest in their lives and experiences.
  5. Show humour: Humor can be a great way to lighten the mood and break the ice. Share a funny story or make a lighthearted joke to help ease any tension.
  6. Ask questions: Ask questions to get to know your date better and show that you're interested in learning more about them. Avoid asking closed-ended questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no.
  7. Be yourself: Authenticity is attractive, so be yourself and don't try to be someone you're not. Your date will appreciate getting to know the real you.
  8. Offer help: Demonstrate kindness and generosity by offering to help with something, such as holding a door open or grabbing a drink for your date. Small acts of kindness can make a big impact.

In conclusion, the first 30 seconds of a date can set the tone for the rest of the night. By exuding confidence, giving genuine compliments, making good eye contact, and being yourself, you can impress your date and make a lasting impression.

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The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes for speed dating London. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.